/ 2020 / Book / Other

Texture of Absurdity

  • Prize
    Silver in Book/Other, Silver in Book/Fine Art
  • Photographer
    Eriko Kaniwa
  • Credit
    Eriko Kaniwa

There is no answer to how to live.
For us humans with our meager allotment of intelligence, this is perhaps the greatest absurdity of all. The joy of awakening condenses drop by drop in the twists and folds of an endless loop.
Absurdity is the child of order and chaos. It the evidence that something has been born.The abstract made manifest through me might be small bugs spit out by absurdity.Like bugs, there is a reason for absurdity's existence on this planet.

Eriko Kaniwa is a fine art photographer based in Tokyo, and the creator of the Sensegraphia Fine Art Photography.

Sensegraphia is a conceptual redefinition of photography, in which the visual aesthetics of the photograph are used to develop and express a sense of nature that enables us to recognize that humans are a part of nature and that we are centrally involved, both consciously and subconsciously, in nature's dynamics.

Kaniwa spent a year and a half exploring the symbols of Japanese nature worship, which are exemplified in the “eight million gods” of Shinto, and reflecting on how ancient Japanese viewed natural scenery and symbolized it as an object of prayer. Traveling to over twenty locations throughout Japan, she used long-exposure photography to capture images of torii gates built in water, sacred “wedded rocks,” World Heritage sites, and other spiritual landscapes. She then used unique editing techniques to elevate the photographs to fine art pieces. These images are collected, together with text, in her book JOKEI: Symbols of Nature Worship, Sacred Places in Japan. The book was awarded internationally as the one of the best fine art photo book. Kaniwa is now currently engaged fully in creative work. 

Website : http://sensegraphia.jp

Awards Awards & Honors

- FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS 5th. 2019
Nominee x2 / Photo manipulation category in the professional div.

- THE PHOTOGRAPHY GALA AWARDS / 12th POLLUX AWARDS (2018)
WINNER / Series /Digital Manupilation & Collage Category
Honotrable Mention X3 / Single / Digital manupilation & Collage category

- IPA / INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS 2018
3rd. place: Digitally Enhanced category

- PX3 / THE PRIX DE LA PHOTOHGRAPHIE PARIS 2018
Honorable Mention x2

- ROYAL ARTS PRIZE 2018 V EDITION
Shortlisted and WINNER
Three works from "Spiritual Landscape in Japan"

- TOKYO INTERNATIONAL FOTO AWARDS 2017
1st. place in Fine Art Photo Book
Photo Book "JOKEI - Nature Worship, Sacred places in Japan"

- NEUTRAL DENSITY PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS 2017
ND Discovery of The Year
Fine Art Discovery of The Year
1st place, Gold star awarded in Fine Art - Landscape Category

- SONY WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS 2017-2018
COMMENDED PHOTOGRAPHER

- IPA / INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS 2017
1st. place: Book- Self published, Fine art
2nd place: Book- Self published, Other / Photobook " JOKEI- Nature Worship, Sacred Places in Japan"
3rd place: Nature/Wildlife

- FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS 2017
1st. place: Professional Wildlife/Animals Category "Tancho crane" series
2nd. place: Amateur Wildlife/Animals Category "Flying ea